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NAMI Minnesota to offer a free education program designed to help manage mental and physical health

Jan 18, 2023 08:59AM ● By Content Editor
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From the National Alliance on Mental Illness MN - January 14, 2023

NAMI Minnesota is launching a new initiative. Hearts+Minds is a free wellness program designed to educate and empower individuals to manage their mental and physical health. It was developed by NAMI National, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans since 1979. 

People from all over Minnesota can participate online. From Tuesday, January 31, 2023, to Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (every week for five sessions), from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, Hearts+Minds uses the Zoom format. If you are joining, you will need a computer or tablet with a camera and high-speed internet. Register at It is advisable to register as soon as possible.

“Hearts+Minds has never been more important,” explained Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota. “Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental illness, yet that is only part of the challenge. Those affected by mental illnesses must also cope with significantly increased rates of other serious health conditions, including a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.”

Hearts+Minds provides current research and information on how mental and physical health intersects, focusing on how nutrition and physical activity can address symptoms and conditions effectively. It includes information on managing medications, chronic pain, and improving sleep. Additional health topics and areas of interest are discussed, along with actionable ways to improve health and wellness with tools, strategies, and simple steps that make sense and aren’t overwhelming. 

New year, new life! It’s time to correct the idea that mental and physical health are separate conditions: NAMI Minnesota believes that mental health is physical health. For more information or to request a special class, contact Danielle Thornton, [email protected].

To read this original story and more news, follow this link to the NAMI MN website.